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verb nod pronunciation in American English /nɑd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theynod
he/she/itnods
present participlenodding
past tensenodded
past participlenodded
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your head first downward and then upward, to answerYesto a question or to show that you agree, approve, or understand

    I expected an argument, but she just nodded and went out.

    The manager nodded his understanding.

    nod in agreement/approval/sympathy:

    Alison smiled and nodded in agreement.

    nod your head:

    Luke was nodding his head thoughtfully.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move your head once in a particular direction, for example to make someone look at something or to give someone a signal to do something
    nod toward/in the direction of:

    “They’re having fun,” she said, nodding toward the kids on the beach.

    nod at:

    She nodded at the waiter for him to bring in the bill.

    nod to:

    I nodded to my friend and she rang the bell.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] literary if a plant or other long object nods, its top part moves slightly forward several times

    The ears of corn nodded gently in the breeze.

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